Simple question guys. Name the player you think is most primed to have a breakout year?
Anyone of the Jazz core 4, Drummond, Shumpert
You named a lot of guys I'd thought of... but some I'm not so sure about. Both the Jazz bigs should have a nice year with Jefferson and Milsap gone. OJ Mayo is gonna be free to have his way in Milwaukee so I'd throw him in. I've always liked what I've seen from Jeremy Lamb and with Martin gone I think finally get the exposure he needs. I couldn't tell you why Drummond didn't start last season but he'll be great now that he'll see more than 20 mins a game. Jared Sullinger, baring health, should have a good season on what almost certain to be a bad team, which means he'll probably go unnoticed for the most part.
It gets a little rough for me after that. Valanciunas was a starter last season. Reason I like Drummond better than him is because Valanciunas had a lot of trouble staying on the floor. Why? Foul trouble. If he can fix that he'll be great. Bledsoe is a bit wild at this point in my opinion. I see him as the next Darren Colison i.e. he'll "okay" in Phoenix. Cousins is damn near a 20 and 10 already. Don't think he'll get too much better from where he is. Breakout year for Evans... More like a rebirth, lol. Guess I just don't see Robinson, Shumpert, Buttler or Cole in great position to have a breakout year. McCollum is a rookie so I didn't count him.
Evan Turner/Thad Young
Oj Mayo/Brandon Knight
Ricky Rubio is going to have a huge breakout season. I have astrological data that backs my opinion.
He works so hard, he has put up better numbers each season, and Jrue Holiday isnt there anymore. In high school it took him a few years, it also took some time at Ohio State.I think this is his final year to prove he is worthy of the 2nd pick in that draft. If he get get his turnovers down then i think he will have a great year. His jumper has gotten better, he is a good defender, he will have more chances this year as well.
This is his year, his team, and his time to shine. No more Tyreke Evans, Cousins is the face of the franchise.
- With the departure of Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Randy Foye and Mo Williams he's now the best player on the Jazz IMO. He should've started last season, but came off of the bench in favor of veterans. This season, Marvin Williams should be no more than a contract that's expiring at the end of the season. While the Jazz aren't going to win very many games, I do expect Hayward to have a great season.
- It's weird to say a player who's averaging almost 17 points, over 4 rebounds and 8 assists for his career will breakout, but I believe we've yet to see Wall's best. This is the season everything comes together for him regarding his health, jumper, ball control and leadership.
- Reconstructive surgery to repair an ACL is a two year injury, which is why most athletes struggle in the first season they return and then do much better in their second (unless you're Adrian Peterson, who's the exception and not the rule). I think Rubio is the most important player on the Timberwolves. I think his impact on the game can be similar to a Rajon Rondo.
- He'll have some downs that are blooper worthy, but I believe there'll be more ups this season. Brian Shaw is going to let him loose, unlike George Karl, who wouldn't let him play more than 18 minutes per game (with understanding reasoning).
Jeff Green is going to be relied on to replace Pierce, Terry and Garnett's production. Even if his efficiency drops his usage increase makes him an immediate MIP candidate.
Alec Burks and Enes Kanter both got about 17 and 15 mpg last year. Well as long as they both finally start, I think they can both produce really well (mainly Kanter), Burks still lacks a jumpshot but I think if given 30+ mpg and as long as he's been working hard in the offseason he can really produce for this team. Kanter averaged very very good numbers in such a short span of play at times, I could really see him pulling off a huge year. I hope the Jazz starting 5 has at least Burks, Hayward, Kanter, and Favors. I don't know if Burke is NBA ready enough to start at Point but they're not really planning on winning games anyways. This starting 5 will be one of the most intriguing and entertaining in the league.
I think both are going to suprise many people. This is really the first time Jeremy is going to get playing time.
Derrick Williams. Im still hoping Minny dumps him off somewhere where he can get the playing time to develop, even if that is really unlikely. I thought he was clearly the better pick over Kyrie in the draft, and while i was extremely wrong on that, I still think he can be a productive, borderline All-Star for a contending team. Just needs some minutes to produce.